I’m in Atlanta as I write this, sitting inside a hotel room at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, the very place were the Gone With the Wind premiere party was held in December 1939, and where all the stars of the film stayed the night of that momentous occasion.
I had the distinct pleasure last night of speaking at the Margaret Mitchell House about writing STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD and why I chose the movie set of Gone With the Wind for its backdrop.
When first I learned I was going to be speaking about this book here in Atlanta, I wanted to do cartwheels. I was that excited. A couple seconds later, though, I fully realized that I’d be speaking to a group of people who are more tied in to this film and the book than I could ever hope to be, and at a far more intimate level. That’s when I needed, if you’ll pardon my reference to Aunt Pittypat, my smelling salts. What right does a San Diegan have to speak about Gone With the Wind to an Atlantan crowd, seated in the very place where Margaret Mitchell wrote it.
But you know, everyone who loves Gone With the Wind, and there are millions of us, is connected in a small way to the mother tree, if you will. What I brought to the gracious attendees who came to hear me speak last night was my own personal bit of ponderings and musings about this story, from way out on my little limb. It was a lovely evening!
Here are a few photos from the inside of the Margaret Mitchell House (If you get to Atlanta, it’s a must-see). The tour offers so many insights into how Peggy Marsh’s life experiences influenced her the story of Gone With the Wind.
Have a lovely weekend!